"Far and Wide"s Steve V. makes an important point about whether the Alberta oil sands are going to bail the U.S. out of its dependence on oil that comes from places filled with bad people who want to hurt us (emphasis added):
First off, industry experts don't think you can increase production five-fold in the short term. Estimates range from 2.5 to 3 million barrels per day by 2015, so we could triple production in 8 years.
So conservatives on both sides of the border are being unrealistically and stupidly optimistic about what they can get out of the oil sands in the "short term." But why should that be anything new?
As far back as two years ago, I was pointing out how America's wankers were getting tremendously worked up over opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) for oil drilling, despite the fact that even optimistic estimates were that there was only about a year and a half's supply of oil in the whole place.
These people just never learn. Ever.